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Stefanie Preissner: As we pass our Covid-19 trauma birthday, I have a howling, raging desire to get back what we had

Stefanie Preissner


One year into the pandemic, let’s take a moment to admit how hard it is

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'One day at a time, we will keep going for however long it takes. It’s not breaking any rules, though, to admit how hard that is.'

'One day at a time, we will keep going for however long it takes. It’s not breaking any rules, though, to admit how hard that is.'

'One day at a time, we will keep going for however long it takes. It’s not breaking any rules, though, to admit how hard that is.'

Happy anniversary, readers! It’s been a year. Our trauma birthday has arrived. I’m not sure whether to get a cake and light a candle, or just eat a bag of sugar and set something on fire.

For 12 months, the vast majority of us have been so good, so focused on helping other people, so willing to sacrifice things in the national interest. With our virtuous and conscientious shoulders, we have shrugged off our frustrations and our anger. When we’ve missed our old lives, we’ve bowed our isolated heads and reminded ourselves that boredom and cravings are a small price to pay for keeping a plague at bay.


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